Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Michel de Nostredame, better known as Nostradamus, was a 16th century French apothecary, aka modern-day pharmacist, who many believe predicted future world events. Crediting much of his visions to astrology, meditation and possibly flame gazing—catching glimpses of the future through trances induced by fire—he described what he saw in the form of quatrains, four-line poems, organizing them into centuries, and publishing more than 350 in the first edition of his legendary 10-volume Les Propheties aka The Prophecies in 1555.Nostradamus has been credited with foretelling nearly every major tumultuous historical event in the past 450 years, from epic floods, apocalyptic fires and massacres to the ascension of Napoleon and Adolf Hitler—the latter referred to as “Hister” in his texts; both interpreted to be the first two of three antichrists he foresaw—the two world wars, September 11, 2001 terror attacks and destruction of the World Trade Center.A recent analysis of several of Nostradamus’ quatrains has some believing that the legendary prophet has also indeed predicted billionaire-turned-realty TV personality-turned-U.S. President-Elect Donald Trump’s stunning clenching of the 2016 presidential election—as well as its apocalyptic aftermath.RELATED: Long Island Haunts: 13 Creepiest Haunted Places On Long IslandTrump’s unprecedented triumph over presumed Democratic victor former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is perhaps the greatest upset in U.S. political history, with the Republican’s surge to the White House through battleground states largely unforeseen among pollsters. Though Clinton won the popular vote, Trump seized the all-important electorate vote.The real estate mogul, as known for his brash, unapologetic style and off-the-cuff tirades—encompassing everything from the need for a physical wall to be constructed between the United States and Mexico to keep undocumented immigrants out and the establishment of a Muslim database to keep dibs on followers of Islam, and countless sexist comments, most infamously, perhaps, his “Grab them by the pussy” remarks championing sexual assault against women—as his signature blonde hair, will soon be crowned the most powerful elected official in the free world. As such, the short-fused president will have direct access to the second-largest stockpile of nuclear warheads on the globe and its second-largest army.Besides immigration, Trump’s other chief campaign promises include dismantling the country’s universal health care system, aka Obamacare, currently covering approximately 22 million people, restructuring the media industry, obliterating the extremist death cult ISIS, and renegotiating global trade agreements.Thus, to say that many in the United States and overseas are fearful would be a gross understatement. As the mass anti-Trump #NotMyPresident protests of thousands that have been flooding cities across the United States since Nov. 9 are testament, many are also angry.So, did Nostradamus Predict Trump Presidency & Consequential End Of World? Below are several of Nostradamus’ quatrains that some interpret to directly correlate to the recent 2016 U.S. presidential election—also the subject of a recent special presentation by history.com. Before we begin, however, it’s important to address some of the criticism of his works. Naysayers argue that Nostradamus’ verses are cryptic, overly broad, and therefore, can be appropriated to match or corroborate nearly any event or disaster. Related: 5 Real-Life ‘Stranger Things’-Montauk, Long Island ParallelsTrue, these texts are, in fact, open-ended in nature. It’s critically important, however, to understand their code-like origins. Astrology in the Middle Ages was widely used to help diagnose and treat those who were ill and requiring medical assistance, and as an apothecary and healer, Nostradamus traveled throughout Europe using science and studying the stars and constellations to aid those stricken with the plague. At some point along his travels, he became fascinated with the occult. In 1550 and subsequently annually, he authored an almanac and calendars, gaining a reputation as a seer, and often sought out by nobility for horoscopes and to give psychic advice. Yet such divinities were not aligned with the stringent teachings of the Catholic Church, interpreted as derivations of evil and magic, and considered heresy by devout followers. Thus, Nostradamus reportedly arranged his visions in poetic verse to disguise their true meanings and escape the imprisonment or executions rampant during the Inquisition, when those deemed heretics were sought out and punished for their perceived crimes. In truth, visions of the future could have gotten him killed.With that preface, we move on with the hunt, so to say.In chronological order of the verses, Nostradamus writes in Century I, Quatrain 57:The trumpet shakes with great discord.An agreement broken: lifting the face to heaven:the bloody mouth will swim with blood;the face anointed with milk and honey lies on the ground. The “trumpet” in the first verse is perhaps the most blatant indication among believers that Nostradamus is foreseeing the 2016 presidential election, with the renowned seer literally citing Donald Trump by name. That he “shakes with great discord” could be a reference to nearly any of the president-elect’s public appearances, whether in interviews, along the campaign trail, or during the debates, oftentimes pointing or waving his hands in the air and speaking in loud, bombastic and threatening tones. The second verse’s “agreement broken” could represent any number of shattered pacts throughout his often vitriolic road to the White House, from Trump’s breaking ranks within the Republican Party—many of whom publicly denouncing him as their candidate, or even the foreboding possibility of the future President Trump backtracking on any of his promises to “Make America Great Again.” “The face to heaven” could symbolize dismayed voters’ prayers for a safe future, or even the rampant religiously inspired violence that has been sweeping the globe in recent years, such as the resurrection of holy wars between extremists. The horrifying third verse “the bloody mouth will swim with blood” obviously foretells of some horrific calamity, perhaps any of the massacres currently raging across the Middle East, from the killing fields of Syria and Yemen to the still unfolding bloodbaths across Iraq and Afghanistan. “The face anointed with milk and honey lies on the ground,” could be a reference to the destruction of either Israel or America. Century II, Quatrain 46 states:After great trouble for humanity, a greater one is preparedThe Great Mover renews the ages:Rain, blood, milk, famine, steel and plague,Is the heavens fire seen, a long spark running.These verses are pretty much self-explanatory, ominously foreshadowing a horrific fate of some kind and actually naming “blood,” “famine” and “plague”—all gruesome. “The Great Mover” could be a reference to Trump, in that the few details of his stated immigration policy, besides the wall, Muslim database and a ban on Muslims entering the United States also includes a promise to deport undocumented immigrants, who number more than 11 million. That would indeed be a very large move. The verse “Is the heavens fire seen, a long spark running” may be a reference to nuclear missiles, the “long spark running” its rocket’s tail. In Nostradamus’ Century III, Quatrain 81, he writes:The great shameless, audacious bawler,He will be elected governor of the army:The boldness of his contention,The bridge broken, the city faint from fear. The “great shameless, audacious bawler” could again be Trump, who is all of those adjectives. That “He will be elected governor of the army” in the second verse could obviously represent his election to the U.S. presidency, as the U.S. president becomes the nation’s commander-in-chief of all its Armed Services, including the U.S. Army—viewed as the most powerful in the world. The third verse’s “boldness of his contention” could again signify Trump, as his controversial declarations, attacks, and relentless Tweets are all examples. “The bridge broken, the city faint from fear” could be interpreted as the divisiveness permeating the U.S. citizenry in the wake of the election—the last half of that verse a possible reference to the aforementioned fear expressed by the thousands marching through the streets in protest of his winning bid for the White House, notably, New York City, where demonstrations have been consistent outside Trump Towers. Century VI, Quatrain 97 At forty-five degrees the sky will burn,Fire to approach the great new city:In an instant a great scattered flame will leap up,When one will want to demand proof of the Normans. This is perhaps one of the most horrifying verses yet. “At forty-five degrees” could be interpreted as a direct reference to Donald Trump, soon to be inaugurated the 45th president of the United States, and “the sky will burn, Fire to approach the great new city: In an instant a great scattered flame will leap up” perhaps missiles, an atomic explosion, or a nuclear holocaust, which would created massive fire and incineration and mushroom clouds. “When one will want to demand proof of the Normans” could possibly represent a so-called “false flag” event in which such an attack would be blamed on foreign powers, yet instigated or committed by others. All of these scenarios are bone-chilling to contemplate, to say the least.Related: Sonic Boom, Earthquake, Government Cover-Up, Meteor, Or Something More Sinister?Nostradamus’ Century VIII quatrains contain some of the most chilling verses possibly pertaining to the 2016 U.S. presidential election of all, seemingly describing both Hillary Clinton and the many debacles that plagued her campaign throughout the past year, including her WikiLeaks scandals, perception among voters, and perhaps even Benghazi. Here they are in succession.Century VIII, Quatrain 15 foretells:The masculine woman will exert herself to the northShe will annoy nearly all of Europe and the rest of the world.Two failures will put her in such an imbalanceThat both life and death will strengthen Eastern Europe With no disrespect, the “masculine woman” Nostradamus glimpses in the vision described in the first verse could be Hillary Clinton, as someone from the Middle Ages could arguably interpret her modern-day wardrobe and pantsuits extremely masculine in nature. Her critics haven’t been shy about describing her as cold, emotionless, or even robotic-like either, all traits perhaps more typically ascribed to men. “Exert herself to the north” could be Clinton’s long-running attempt for the White House, as Washington, D.C. is geographically northeast of her original home state of Arkansas. That she will “annoy nearly all of Europe and the rest of the world” could be a reference to her role as U.S. Secretary of State. The “two failures [that] will put her in such an imbalance” some may interpret to be her controversial use of a private server for state department emails (more on this soon) and perhaps even the controversy surrounding her handling of the 2012 Benghazi attack against the American diplomatic compounds in Benghazi, Libya, in which U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens was killed. It could also be a veiled reference to widely circulated allegations that Clinton abused her dual role as U.S. Secretary and head of international nonprofit Clinton Foundation to profit personally. All of these issues were used by Trump to criticize and delegitimize her candidacy, with “Lock Her Up” emerging as a popular chant at his rallies. The final verse citing “life and death” and “Eastern Europe” could represent the conflict in Ukraine, Russia—with Russian President Vladimir Putin and alleged Russian hackers both popular topics invoked by Trump and Clinton throughout the campaign—or perhaps, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, an alliance that Trump mentioned more than once along the road to the White House.Related: 5 Paranormal Oddities Reported on Long IslandCentury VIII, Quatrain 20 predicts:The false message about the rigged electionto run through the city stopping the broken pact;voices bought, chapel stained with blood,the empire contracted to another one. “The false message about the rigged election” so ominously referenced by Nostradamus could obviously be interpreted as a direct reference to Trump’s blatantly false allegation that the 2016 U.S. presidential election was, in fact, “rigged.” (He’s not complaining anymore.) “To run through the city stopping the broken pact” could be a reference to his residence in New York City, and “voices bought, chapel stained with blood” and “the empire contracted to another one” could be an allusion to the theory circulating around present-day conspiracy circles that the Russian government, and Russian President Vladimir Putin specifically, has secretly and purposely been aiding Trump’s ascension, whether, as Clinton consistently alleged, by hacking her emails and supplying them to WikiLeaks, or by covertly funding the former reality TV personality, or even blackmailing him, to destabilize the United States and its global allies. In this scenario, the last verse could mean that the presidency is, in fact, contracted to Putin, or, another interpretation could be Clinton’s winning of the popular vote. Century VIII, Quatrain 23 foreshadows: Letters are found in the queen’s chests,No signature and no name of the author.The ruse will conceal the offers;so that they do not know who the lover is. The first verse here “Letters are found in the queen’s chests” can easily be interpreted to mean the hundreds of thousands of emails—aka, modern-day “letters”—from Hillary Clinton’s time as U.S. Secretary of State that were stored on a private server in her New York residence and published online by WikiLeaks. Its second verse “No signature and no name of the author” could possibly be a reference to the unknown source or sources who leaked them to the whistleblower site. Clinton insisted during the debates that they were stolen through cyberattacks orchestrated by Russian hackers, who were thus tampering with the presidential election in a covert effort to get Trump elected. To date, nobody is sure where they came from. “The ruse will conceal the offers; so that they do not know who the lover is” could represent the aforementioned scenario of a Russian scheme for Moscow to control the U.S. presidency, via Trump, and distract the public and authorities from investigating or realizing the true intention of the disclosures and ploy. It could also be a reference to the alleged scenario that Trump was being funded, supported, or blackmailed by Russia—“lover,” in either scenario, being Russia or Putin. Whether or not any of the hypothetical scenarios and translations contained in this column are, in fact, true, remains unclear. Yet if so, Nostradamus predicted all of this more than 450 years ago, and foretold of much worse to come. That’s for another post.For now, it’s all open to interpretation.Stay tuned.Whether or not 16th Century visionary Nostradamus predicted billionaire Donald Trump’s triumphant 2016 U.S. presidential election bid is open to interpretation. (Art: ‘The Portrait of Michel de Nostredame’ by his son César de Nostredame; WikiMedia Commons)
Is OnePlus 8T the best ‘value flagship’ of 2020? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. Although OnePlus is said to bring three new models to the market, one of them is rumoured to arrive as a new mid-range refresh. It is likely to be the successor to the OnePlus 8T and may just be debuted as the OnePlus 9T. However, OnePlus could bring the third model in the series as a new option altogether that might be called the OnePlus 9 Ultra.OnePlus hasn’t yet provided any details about the OnePlus 9 series. It’s, therefore, safe to consider the rumours with a pinch of salt.Having said that, a recent report suggested that the OnePlus 9 could debut in the middle of March next year. The company may, thus, spill some beans around the time of its official launch.- Advertisement – OnePlus 9 series could have three different models, with two of them called the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro, new leaks suggest. The third model may get official as the OnePlus 9T — a successor to the newly launched OnePlus 8T that debuted just last month — or might be called the OnePlus 9 Ultra. All three models in the OnePlus 9 series are rumoured to have Qualcomm Snapdragon 875. The phones may also include a hole-punch display design, with a selfie camera cutout featuring at the centre.A tipster who goes by pseudonym TechDroider on Twitter has claimed that the OnePlus 9 carries a model number LE2110, while the OnePlus 9 Pro is said to have model numbers LE2117, LE2119, and LE2120. The third model in the series is rumoured to carry a model number LE2127.- Advertisement – The given model numbers match with the initial two letters of the codename ‘Lemonade’ that was recently rumoured to have an association with one of the OnePlus 9 models.In addition to the information posted by the tipster, an article has emerged on Weibo that details the specifications of the OnePlus 9 series.OnePlus 9 series specifications (expected)The OnePlus 9 series is said to have the next-generation Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 SoC. As per the leaks, of the models in the series will have a 144Hz display, an IP68-certified build, NFC support, and dual stereo speakers. It could also offer 65W fast wired and 40W wireless charging technologies. Further, the one model in the OnePlus 9 series is said to have a centred-align hole-punch design that could be similar to the cutout featured on models including the Samsung Galaxy S20 series.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
View Gallery (2 Photos)All the offseason hype swirling around the Wisconsin football team is about to be tested for the first time. “It’s starting to get down to crunch time,” junior tight end Travis Beckum said. “I know a lot of people are expecting a lot out of us, and we’re expecting a lot out of ourselves. One of our main goals is to be better than in 2006.”Washington State makes its first appearance at Camp Randall since 1976, hoping to represent the Pac-10 well. “They’re going to come ready to play,” Beckum said. “I think out of all the opening games we’ve had, they might be one of the toughest.”But we’re not worried about it. We know we’re going to come in and play Wisconsin football.”Wisconsin last played a Pac-10 team in 2004, when it traveled to Tucson to play Arizona. Given the historic rivalry between the two conferences — they play each other in the Rose Bowl each year — UW head coach Bret Bielema played up this notion to his players. “I think that anytime you get an out-of-conference game scheduled you can build up to that,” Bielema said at a press conference Monday.As promised, Bielema announced his 2007 starters last week. Almost everything went as expected. Still, some choices were significant on an individual level.In what has been a long time coming — four years in fact — fifth-year senior Tyler Donovan is finally the primary signal caller. “It feels good,” Donovan said. “It’s a really great opportunity for me.”The difference between starting and not, according to Bielema, was Donovan’s experience. “I think that Tyler has definitely been able to show that he can win at this level, and I expect those same things to continue,” he said.Pushing himself to be a better, more aware player by going the extra step, studying film on his game and his opponent didn’t hurt either. “Tyler is who he is,” Bielema said. “[Sunday] night he was up there until, we got done with practice right about 7 p.m., guys had dinner, and I know I left the office about 10:15 p.m. and he was still down there with coach Chryst.”Donovan may be a new face under center this season, but he’s about the only one. Just four other players — left tackle Gabe Carimi, middle linebacker Elijah Hodge and safeties Shane Carter and Aubrey Pleasant — will be starters for the first time, giving Wisconsin the semblance of a team with more firepower.Perhaps the most surprising news surrounding the release of the team’s depth chart was that oft-troubled Jamal Cooper got the nod over Kurt Ware at left end. That experiment didn’t last long as Cooper was “suspended indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team” at practice just two days later.Correcting his “poor English,” Bielema said during his press conference Monday that Cooper will not be back with the team. “I told my players last week this week when we met … I said, ‘the worst thing that happened was that it happened last Friday and the best thing that happened was that it happened last Friday. It’s not going to happen this Friday or the Friday after that.’ It’s behind us and we’re moving on.”The loss of Cooper should not be too disconcerting as the Badgers are two or three deep at the position. Washington State led the Pac-10 in passing yards per game, largely thanks to the play of its senior quarterback Alex Brink, a second-team All-Pac-10 selection in 2006. Brink enters the season primed to break nearly every team passing record. He threw for 2,899 yards and 19 touchdowns last season and is a force with the ball in his hands.”Offensively they have a quarterback in Alex Brink that as long as I’ve been here is probably one of the best ones we’ll see come into Camp Randall,” Bielema said. “He’s very accurate, strong, strong arm as well as a soft touch when he needs it.”Brink will have one of the Pac-10’s top tight ends, Jed Collins, to pass to and senior wideout Michael Bumpus is an All-American candidate. With two new starters at the safety position, Wisconsin’s secondary may appear to be susceptible to Brink and Washington State’s passing attack. According to Bielema though, that just isn’t the case.”Well it is except for when we go against our offense in fall camp you see about everything you can,” he said. “I really think as a whole there wasn’t a position that took the spring, summer program and fall camp … as serious as Shane Carter and Aubrey Pleasant take it.”I think the two took a huge step in what it takes to be a good football player and more importantly, a successful starter at this level.”Defensively, the Cougars lost two of their best players from last season, Mkristo Bruce and Eric Frampton, to the NFL. Additionally, a suspect secondary last season — the Cougars gave up 243 yards per game through the air, second worst in the Pac-10 — will get tested Saturday as all but two of their linebackers and defensive backs will be first-time starters Saturday. But their size up front could prove advantageous for the Cougars. Three players on their defensive line are 6-foot-7 or taller. Anchoring the unit is senior tackle Ropati Pitoitua, a 6-foot-8, 290 pound behemoth who, in an injury-riddled season, finished with 7.5 tackles for a loss and 2.5 sacks. With strong fall camps, several members of the 2007 freshman class look to make an immediate impact this year for the Badgers. Wide receiver David Gilreath will see time right away returning kicks. “I think David has the possibility of being a really good player,” senior wide receiver Luke Swan said. “A guy like Nick Toon, he’s from here, like right away, the first thing you notice about Nick is he always wants to be out catching the ball.” Cornerback Aaron Henry and wideout Kyle Jefferson played well enough in fall camp to make the two-deep depth chart as true freshmen.Although the preseason hype won’t go away and the speculation about the team earning a BCS bid lingers, the biggest thing for Wisconsin right now is to just go out and play the game.”I think all those guys will be excited and ready to hit a jersey other than Wisconsin,” Bielema said.